Celebrity chef and self-described "privileged Eastern liberal" Anthony Bourdain slammed his fellow leftist elites this week, arguing that their disdain for working-class Americans helped create "the upswell of rage and contempt" that propelled Donald Trump to the presidency.
"The utter contempt with which privileged Eastern liberals such as myself discuss red-state, gun-country, working-class America as ridiculous and morons and rubes is largely responsible for the upswell of rage and contempt and desire to pull down the temple that we're seeing now," Bourdain said in an interview with Reason magazine. read more
In a statement, Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino said his controversial comments about the President and Michelle Obama came during an "emotional moment" and he never intended them to be seen by the public at large.
"I never intended to hurt the minority community who I spent years trying to help out of the cycle of poverty in our inner cities," Paladino said in the statement. "To them I apologize."
The statement follows a firestorm that erupted Friday after ArtsVoice, a weekly Buffalo publication, published Paladino's wish list for 2017, which included the hopes that President Obama would have sex with a cow and die from mad cow disease and that Michelle Obama would be "let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe" to live in a cave with a gorilla.